A seal is beaten unconscious by Muslim tourists in Kazakhstan so ‘children could take pictures with it’ days after another seal cub was pelted with rocks on a beach.
Daily Mail (h/t Loco) The shocking incident was filmed in the village of Kuryk, located on the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea, and shared online yesterday. The clip shows a group of men attacking the defenceless animal with sticks and boulders after it came close to the shore.
A crowd of people gather around to watch the brutal assault and appear to do nothing to stop the violence. The savage attack lasted until the seal lost consciousness, according to news reports.
An unnamed witness said told local media: ‘They beat the seal up until it passed out. ‘Then they pulled it out of the water so that children could take pictures and have fun.
‘After that, they threw the motionless body back into the sea. I don’t know if it survived.’
A similar incident was also captured on camera this week in the city of Aktau, around 43 miles from Kuryk. In the video, a group of tourists can be seen pelting stones and rocks at a baby seal after the animal approached them.
Kazakh model Yevgeniya Mukasheva shared the clip with her followers and captioned it: ‘If an animal comes close to you, it means it trusts you.
‘How could you throw stones at the defenceless pup and laugh? Have you lost your mind?!’
Commenting on the incident, Kazakh authorities expressed their disapproval. Saken Dildakhmet, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources told: ‘The way people acted in the video is outrageous and wild.
‘Such an attitude can cause a great damage to the fauna of the Caspian Sea and adversely affect the behaviour of these animals who may become aggressive and attack people.